Level 3 Diploma in Computing (L3DC)

NCC Education is regulated by Ofqual (Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) to award the Level 3 Diploma in Computing (RQF) in England. Ofqual Qualification reference number 600/6407/9.

For entry onto the NCC Education L3DC qualification a student must:

  • Have previously studied in English at secondary school level.


  • Have a valid score of 5.5 or above in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination or equivalent. Alternatively a student can take the free NCC Education Higher English Placement Test which is administered by our Accredited Partner Centres.

The Level 3 Diploma in Computing syllabus and assessment is suitable for students aged 16-19 as well as adult learners.

Students must study the following five core units:

  • Study and Communication Skills – equips a students with the essential study skills needed to succeed at university level. They will learn the basic skills necessary to conduct independent research, write academic papers, give formal oral presentations and apply what has been taught during lectures.
  • Mathematical Techniques – develops your basic mathematical competence and confidence, for further study. Focusing on ensuring they have a functional level of mathematics will be valuable in everyday life and future career.
  • IT Skills – provides an introduction to the key IT skills that will be required in studies. They will learn basic skills in word processing, spreadsheets and presentation software. The unit will focus on the Microsoft Office suite, but has been designed to allow students to gain the relevant skills regardless of the software version being used.
  • Introduction to Computing – provides a basic introduction to a range of IT topics including organisation of a computer system, the relationship between hardware and software, applications of computers, databases, networking (with a focus on the Internet), graphics and multimedia.
  • Introduction to Programming – exposes students to extensive practical use of the modern programming language Visual Basic to illustrate the classic programming principles of sequencing, selection and iteration in the context of object-oriented computer programming.

Assessments for all units will be offered in a number of assessment cycles throughout the year. The units are all assessed by either examination or assignments.

Introduction to Computing

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Introduction to Programming

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View a Sample Mark Scheme here.

The L3DC qualification allows admission to the NCC Education Level 4 Diploma in Computing and Level 4 Diploma in Business IT (each equivalent to Year 1 of a UK Bachelor’s degree).

Progression routes can be found on our University Progression page.